I've inherited some Dell Poweredge 1855 servers, 16gb ram per blade.
I'm thinking about installing VMWare (I have no experience with it) and consolidating down about 20-25 old servers running Win 2000 down to 4-5 blades.
I would also like the ability to have 64 bit VM's running on this.
1 - Does VMware play nice with the 1855
2 - Can I run 64 bit OS on VMWare on the 1855
3 - Does VMWare support RAID on the 1855 in 64 bit mode
4 - Any other points I should consider?
Let me make a few things clear:
1 - I already own the blades, so it isn't a cost benefit of this vs. that. I've already got them.
2 - I did see another thread from early last year asking about Dell vs IBM blades and VMWare and the final outcome was an expert responded he was using IBM, but it doesn't really address my questions above.
3 - The version of VMWare I am looking at is: VMWare vSphere Essentials